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Chicago Horticultural Society Names New Board Chairman

Gloria Ciaccio

(847) 835-6819, direct

Release Date: 
Thursday, August 23, 2012


GLENCOE, Ill. (August 23, 2012) – The Chicago Horticultural Society named Robert F. Finke chairman of the board of directors. Finke will serve a three-year term. He has been a member of the board of directors since 2004, serving on eight committees including executive, finance, audit, and education and community programs.  He has served as a vice chair since 2008.  The Chicago Horticultural Society manages the Chicago Botanic Garden.


“It is my privilege and honor to serve as the new board chair. The Garden celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and I am proud to say that no other public garden has enjoyed our growth or achieved our stature in so short a time. The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the great public gardens of the world, renowned for its horticulture, education, community gardening, and plant conservation science programs. The Garden’s scientific research contributes directly to a more sustainable environment and will be increasingly important in the future. My role will be to work with the board and staff to continue our success and help achieve the goals set out in our ten-year strategic plan, entitled Keep Growing,” Finke said.


“I am very pleased that Bob has stepped up to serve in this essential leadership role,” said Sophia Shaw, president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden. “During 2012, the Garden opened the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, which provides a dedicated place for active, hands-on planting programs for children; completed a ten-month project to restore 6,400 feet of shoreline at the Garden’s North Lake, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; will open the Kleinman Family Cove in September; and is poised to set an attendance record for the fourth consecutive year,” she said. “Bob is the perfect board chair to serve during this chapter of the Garden’s growth.”  The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the five most-visited public gardens in the world and serves nearly 1,000,000 visitors a year.


            Finke is a partner in Mayer Brown, LLP, a leading global law firm; he also is a trustee of Rush University Medical Center, a director of the Lyric Opera Guild Board, and a member of both the Economic Club of Chicago and the Lawyers Club of Chicago.


Finke graduated from the University of Michigan, A.B., with distinction and high honors and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.




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